|Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis), Balmorhea Lake, Reeves County, 31 October 2012|
Along with its genus-mate the Clark's Grebe (A. clarkii), Western Grebes are year-round resident eye-candy at the lake though fewer in number in the summer months. We shouldn't take these birds nor the lake for granted. We in the region are fortunate to have them.
I snapped this photo as an afterthought while enjoying the Red Phalarope rarity back in latest October. Cleaning up our camera card, I had forgotten about it. Shame on me.